Benjamin Crump: 73rd President to National Bar Association

Written by Jae Jones

was sworn in as the 73rd President of the National Bar Association. is a graduate of Florida State University College of Law. He is the co-founder of the Florida-based law firm, Parks & Crump. Crump is well-known for his work as a national civil rights attorney who often represents families of color whose rights have allegedly been violated by the police. The firm also handles other wrongful deaths, medical malpractices, but the office has seen a fluctuation of civil rights cases.


Crump will be the 73rd President for the oldest and largest voluntary group for attorneys and judges. At this time, there are more than 20,000 members in the organizatiion. Crump earned the reputation as “dogged advocate” during his representation for the Martin family, during the George Zimmerman case, in which Zimmerman was on trial for shooting and killing Trayvon Martin.

Trayvon Martin,  a 17-year-old unarmed teen, was shot to death by Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer. However, Zimmerman was later acquitted on manslaughter and murder. Crump was later able to obtain a settlement for the Martin family for over $1 million with Zimmerman’s homeowners association.

Crump also represented Michael Brown’s and Tamir Rice’s families. Last August, a white police officer shot Michael Brown to death, a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Mo., which set off months of protests. A police officer in Cleveland shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice last November after the officer mistook the young man’s B.B gun for a real gun.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 26: Benjamin Crump, lawyer for Michael Brown Jr's family, speaks at a press conference on the eve of Thanksgiving to pray and address the events of the last few days regarding the grand jury verdict of police officer Darren Wilson on November 26, 2014 in New York City. Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown Jr in Ferguson, MO, on August 9, 2014. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Crump’s list of clients continues to grow since Trayvon Martin’s 2012 death. There are many other cases, such as the Pittsburgh teenager paralyzed by police bullets, the family of the Florida man who suffocated under a police cruiser, and the California woman who lost consciousness while handcuffed in the back of a police car who later died at a hospital.

Crump’s other notable clients include the family of Martin Lee Anderson, a black teenager who died nearly a decade ago after being beaten by youth detention center guards; the family of 23- year-old Genie McMeans, Jr., an unarmed black driver who died after being shot by a white female state trooper; and the family of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, and an illegal Mexican immigrant killed by three police officers in Pasco, Washington. It is almost certain that Crump will take the National Bar Association to a higher level while president.

According to USA Today, Crump had this to say: “My vision for the National Bar Association this year is simple: Preserving Our Past and Protecting Our Future. We will also advance our legislative agenda by lobby Congress on issues such as voting rights, criminal justice, judicial advocacy, education and employment and economic empowerment.”

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Jae Jones

Jae Jones has been writing professionally for over 10 years. She holds a degree in Business Administration, and enjoys writing on various topics.

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